Freight Rail Policy Stance: Congress should enact policies that ensure a healthy, multimodal infrastructure network, maintained through sustained investments by those who use the infrastructure.
Why This Matters: Without the ability to make massive private investments, the freight railroad network would suffer along with the all the companies and industries that rely on it.
The U.S. freight rail network moves the raw goods and finished products that fuel the American economy.
This critical, efficient and cost-effective transportation system is among the best in the world because of the billions of dollars railroads pour back into the network each year.
How is the money used?
For better tracks and locomotives to make other industries more globally competitive; for investments in innovative technology and operations that ensure the industry is among the safest; for improved freight car designs and more efficient locomotives to reduce energy consumption, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; for the best freight rail infrastructure in the world, which stands in stark contrast to the nation’s highway infrastructure.
With the U.S. Department of Transportation expecting freight rail traffic to grow 40% over the next 30 years, railroads must be able to continue privately investing into their infrastructure. Such private investments are the only way to maintain world-class service into the future.